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Vikings have 7 candidates on their list to replace Frazier

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The Minnesota Vikings are among four teams reportedly interested in interviewing Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for their head coaching position.

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According to the Washington Post, the Vikings and Washington Redskins are also seeking permission to interview Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

ESPN reported that the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions also requested permission to interview Gruden.

Gruden and Zimmer interviewed for NFL head-coaching jobs last offseason. Gruden, 46, finished his third season as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator while Zimmer, 57, has been the Bengals’ defensive coordinator for six years.

Gruden has interviewed for head coaching jobs in each of the last two offseasons.

Among the five teams looking for a new head coach, the Cleveland Browns were the only one not linked to interest in Gruden.

Cincinnati’s season ended Sunday with a 27-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers in an AFC wild-card playoff.

The Vikings have also reportedly requested permission to interview Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton is drawing interest from the Vikings in their head-coaching search, according to a report.

General manager Rick Spielman has yet to schedule an interview with Horton while he awaits approval from ownership, the NFL Network reported recently.

Horton interviewed for the Arizona Cardinals’ head-coaching opening last year but lost out to Bruce Arians.

In the first year under Horton’s direction, the Browns defense ranked ninth in the league in yards allowed this season. Before coming to Cleveland, Horton spent two years as the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator.

The Vikings also are reported to be interested in Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

Quinn was scheduled to interview for the job on Saturday.

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